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Saturday, January 7th, 2012 02:07 pm
Philadelphia has a writers group, and I've tried to make a go of it for the past couple years but I dropped out today. I went to a few meetings but didn't get much out of it. The group is too large for productive critiques, and it was difficult to connect with people.

Interesting article I found today on writers groups:
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Saturday, December 24th, 2011 03:11 pm
I just finished delivering my holiday cards. Well, most of them. I've received very few this year. I think most people send holiday greetings online now and since I'm a techie, I wholeheartedly support that. I have to admit, though, that I miss receiving cards. They make very pretty decorations, and I like hanging them on my fridge with magnets.

I'll be off to my parents for the traditional seafood dinner later and then Midnight Mass. Dad doing ok. He actually walked a few blocks to the doctor's office last week for an appointment using his walker of course.

Enjoy your Christmas, folks, and the rest of the holidays!
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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 11:27 pm
Is it wrong that I thought it was generally exciting and rather fun? It felt weird, though. It wasn't a strong tremor in terms of being stronger than a heavy vehicle passing or anything but weird that the vibration was coming from underneath and all around as opposed to coming from one direction.
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Saturday, August 6th, 2011 12:51 am
Geez, what a dour movie but it's a dour subject. This was made before Oliver Stone toned down some of his conspiracy-mindedness so it's full of innuendo and speculation, especially regarding Nixon's possible ties to the JFK assassination. It all feels muddled.

I like his biopic of Bush better, but I like that Stone tried to portray Nixon as a complex human being. I even felt moments of sympathy for him, particularly in his obvious difficulty connecting with people. One scene that stuck in my mind was the depiction of Nixon's visit to the Lincoln Memorial. You could see him longing for the adulation that Lincoln receives but uncomprehending about how to attain it.
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Thursday, August 4th, 2011 12:31 pm
I finally finished reading Moby Dick (after putting it aside several times.) Thanks to all who put up with my commentary on each chapter when I first started reading it. I discontinued posting about it here and switched over to making handwritten notes in each chapter as I finished it. Doing that helped me stay engaged with the book. I've heard that's a good approach to tackling any challenging novel. I might try that when I make another attempt at Ulysses.

TV Tropes summaries Melville's work this way:

"Described by many as the greatest American novel, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, by Herman Melville, is either a story about the hunt of a wicked whale by a madman that shows Melville's work, or an encyclopedia on whaling and cetology with a Framing Device. You choose."

That's a valid observation. The seemingly endless chapters on whale biology are where I get bogged down in the book and not because I'm not interested in the topic. I'm fascinated by whales and actually took a class in marine biology in college.

It is also a strongly masculine book. There are no female characters of any consequence. That can sometimes make it a little difficult for me to get into a book.

Overall, though, I am pleased to have read it. The parts that focus on Ahab and his obsession and Melville's existential musings make it unforgettable.

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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 01:27 pm
I'm crossposting from Dreamwidth again.

I'm also looking for another technical writing assignment again. I completed the one I posted about earlier this year. It ran for eight weeks. It was at a tech start-up and it reminded me of how screwy and ridiculous tech start-ups were. I worked at two of them, and they were just as goofy. At this latest one, I also had the dubious pleasure of working with one of the biggest jerkasses I have ever met in my life.

He was a "senior VP" at the company. That's far less impressive than it sounds. Since this was a start-up, they had a grand total of about 30 people working there, and the group he was VP of had about 10 people, all of whom had very little work experience. This didn't stop his inflated title from inflating his ego.

Anyway, I completed the project and got paid so I'm on the hunt for my next assignment.
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Saturday, September 25th, 2010 07:52 pm
Sorry I haven't been posting. I've been trying to comment on people's posts at least. I've been really busy with freelancing, job searching since I've decided freelancing isn't for me after all, and my activities as an aspirant to the BTMI, my secular institute. The latter is going well. I went to the monthly meeting today and spent half the day at the Mother Boniface Center, a nice compound bordering Pennypack Park in Northeast Philly. I'm also attending a lecture series dealing with prayer being given at the center. I will post more about it as I have time.
ladychapel: (Joy of Cooking)
Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 07:13 pm
...concord grapes. Good tip to remember. In the future, I won't mistakenly pick up concord grapes from my farmer's market and bake them into a pie - complete with seeds!
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Saturday, July 17th, 2010 11:35 am
Courtesy of A Minor Friar:
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Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 11:21 pm
Happy Feast Day, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha! She's the patron of ecology but doesn't that belong to St. Francis? He's a patron of many things, though, so I guess he doesn't mind. He's still the animal dude.

Speaking of animals, today marks my first full year of a dog-less household since Shannon went into the care of Blessed Kateri and St. Francis on this day last year. I've had at least one dog in the house since I was about 12 or 13 so it took a long time to get used to not having one around. I decided last year not to get another do since I have two cats now, and it's the right decision. Dogs are great, but I can't make the commitment to one at the moment, and I think the cats are enjoying their reign right now. I have to admit that, although I'm tempted by the occasional cute pup, I don't miss the work involved with having a dog and am not anxious to take it on again.

I sprinkled some of Shannon's ashes in my new flowerbed in front of my Mary statute in remembrance of her. It's blossoming with pink zinnias and has some morning glory and moon flower vines happily climbing. I'm still waiting on the daisies do something more than grow at a snail's pace.

In other news, my application has been accepted for the BTMI secular institute and formally began the process as an aspirant today. I met with institute's custodian at the Mother Boniface Center and have much reading and prayer exercises to do over the next six months. That's how long the aspirant phase takes. After that, I will begin the two year candidacy and then take temporary vows.
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Friday, May 21st, 2010 07:38 pm
You have distracted me at least an hour today with your Pac-man doodle. Haven't played this in decades.
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Thursday, May 20th, 2010 10:31 am
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, and hilarious! I like this writer. This made my morning.,%20Performance%20Review%20Two.html

And thanks to Elizabeth Scalia for drawing my attention to it. Gotta love her opening paragraph.

The very funny and insightful essay and link I am about to present to you contains a variation of the “S” word and several renderings of the “F” word. If you cannot handle the “F” word in any context, please do not follow this link. Go write me a letter about how scandalized you are that any Catholic site would dare to suggest that you read something that contains the “F” word, and then, rather than tempting yourself away from charity, tear it up and pray for me, instead. You are formally warned.
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Friday, May 14th, 2010 09:09 am
I'm still watching V. Anna has turned into a great villain but I was struggling to maintain interest. Except for Anna, the show really had become very dull and having it go on hiatus didn't help. But, the last several episodes have been better, and I'm hoping they may turn it around. Looks like they have the chance since ABC has renewed the series for another season:
ladychapel: (Christianity)
Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 07:04 am
"The greatest persecution of the church doesn't come from enemies on the outside but is born from the sins within the church," says Pope Benedict.

Yes, I couldn't agree more.
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Friday, April 23rd, 2010 11:18 am
The resident pair of hawks at the Franklin Institute have three chicks in their nest right now. The museum has a camera on them so people can while away the hours with some hawk-watching. Pretty cool.
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Monday, April 5th, 2010 04:54 pm
Beautiful day. Gorgeous spring day in April. I don't have my screens in yet. I have to hose them down and wash the windows before I put them in. Still, I couldn't resist cracking open the window of my office while I was working and enjoying the spring breeze.

Unfortunately, a little bee got into my house. The cats alerted me to its presence by knocking some vases off a windowsill as they attempted to catch it. Before it got pissed and stung somebody, I grabbed a paper towel and squished it. It tried to escape by crawling under a window latch, which made me feel like crap but it was too late by then. It was already hurt. I got it out and finished it off.

Poor little thing. Now I'm sad but who wants to deal with a pissed off bee in their house? It's all mother nature's fault for making it warm and getting the bugs active.

At least I was able to relocate a spider I found in my house yesterday to the great outdoors. Bees, unfortunately, are a little trickier.
ladychapel: (Christianity)
Thursday, April 1st, 2010 08:37 pm
I attended the Mass of the Lord's Supper at St. John's. I have my Holy Thursday meal ready to prepare. Last year, I did a Passover theme and had roasted lamb (way more than I needed), endive (bitter herbs), matzo and red wine. I was pleased, even though I had to find creative ways to deal with the leftover lamb. It's nice to have lamb once in a while and I'm doing it again.

I have lamb chops this year, the endive, water crackers instead of matzo, and a Yellow Tail shiraz. I'm thinking of pan broiling the chops. The last time I used the oven broiler for lamb chops, they ignited thanks to the fat in the lamb.

I will finish watching my "Jesus of Nazareth" DVD. Let the Sacred Triduum begin.
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Thursday, April 1st, 2010 08:23 pm
I watched "Welcome to the War" yesterday, the return episode of V. I'm still lukewarm on the series but will continue to watch. I'm still waiting for the Vs to actually start revealing themselves as a major threat to humanity. They haven't been doing anything terribly frightening or even creepy enough yet. Oh, yeah, Anna's had her vicious moments but that's been directed at her own people. Last night's episode revealed her as a sort of hive queen to her people. She choose a fine specimen of a male from her own species to sire an army for her. I won't detail what happened to the poor SOB after she was done with him, but let's just say that it typically doesn't end well for the consorts of hive queen type creatures.

Weirdly enough, I watched an episode of Stargate today with the same theme. Hathor, hive queen of the Go'uld, made an appearance and pulled Daniel Jackson into her web. Luckily, he survived the experience, although the resulting offspring did not. Poor Daniel.
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Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 01:37 pm
I'm watching this for the first time on Hulu. How did I ever miss it till now? It's great.